Schalke 04 – Ajax (Europa League)
Schalke 04 and Ajax play this thursday, 20th April/08.05pm, for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. The duel takes place at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Schalke 04 suffered a 2-0 away loss against Ajax in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which was followed by a 2-1 away loss against Darmstadt 98 in the German championship, known as Bundesliga.
The team has been presenting mixed results. In their last five matches, both in German and European Championships, they have won 1 game, lost 3 and draw the other one. In addition, in at least three of their last five matches, both Schalke 04 and the opposing teams have scored their goals. When playing at home, the team have been presenting positive results, since in their last five matches played for the German Championship and the Europa League, they have won 2 games and draw the other three. In four of these home matches both Schalke 04 and the opposing teams have scored their goals.
After a disappointing 2-0 loss at Ajax´s home, Schalke 04 will now try to overturn this result and get a positive one to reach the next round of the Europa League. They need at least two goals to to equalize score and at least three goals to qualify directly. We can say that the team has quality players capable of scoring goals during this second leg match against Ajax. At the same time we also know that they can suffer with Ajax´s offensive stance, since they will try to win this second leg match to reach the next round of the Europa League.
Probable Lineup: Fahrmann – Coke, Kolasinac, Nastasic and Howedes – Bentaleb and Geis – Callgluri, Schopf and Goretzka – Burgstaller
Ajax, on the other hand, arrive here with a comfortable advantage after beating Schalke 04 2-0 in the first leg. This victory was followed by a 5-1 home win against Heerenveen in the Dutch championship, known as Eredivisie. The team has been presenting positive results. In their last six matches, both in Dutch and European Championships, they have won 5 games and lost the other one. In addition, in at least five of their last six matches, both Ajax and the opposing teams have scored their goals.
Playing away from home, the team have been presenting mixed results, since in their last five matches for the Europa League and the Dutch Championship, they have won 2 games, draw 3 and lost the other. In four of these away matches both Ajax and the opposing teams have scored their goals.
After beating Schalke 04 in the first leg, in this second leg Ajax want to move on to the semi-finals of this competition. For that they only need a 0-0 or 1-1 draw, a simple win or a 1-0 loss. Ajax will come to this game with a somewhat much better defensive form, seeking to achieve their goal in counter-attacks, where they can be very efficient, especially with Dolberg and Klaassen. At the same time they will probably feel defensive difficulties due to Schalke 04 attacks, that will be playing at their stadium and will try to attack Ajax since the first whistle.
Probable Lineup: Onana – Tete, Sánchez, Ligt and Viergever – Klaassen, Schone and Zlyech – Traoré, Dolberg and Younes
The only game between both teams was the first leg of the quarter finals of this edition of the Europa League, where Ajax won by 2×0.
This match it’s a clash between a German and a Dutch team. Schalke 04 are in the 11th place in the Bundesliga (German Championship), however face great teams in one of the most competitive tournaments in Europe and in the world: the Europa league. The dutch team is the vice-leader of the Eredivisie, which is a competition far worse than the Bundesliga. In the last 6 home matches Schalke 04, both in the Europa League and in the Bundesliga, have conceded and scored goals, showing that Ajax can score at least one goal in this match. Ajax have also scored goals in the last 5 away games, both in the Eredivise and in the Europa League, so we hope there is a goal for both sides in this match.